the conundrum of celebrity deaths

May 22nd, 2017

The last time I heard someone discussing Chris Cornell, it was someone clearly not a fan — or at least apt to mock the post- Soundgarden career and thinking Audioslave sucks eggs.

What’d be interesting is if I caught up with the man and found him… eulogizing in whatever manner a man he clearly cared enough to have strong opinions regarding.

big commencement address

May 17th, 2017

Inspiring words from the Commander in Chief.

“No politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down, can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.”

“Over the course of your life, you’ll find things are not always fair.  Things happen to you that you do not deserve and are not always warranted, but you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever give up. Things will work out just fine.”

Did you catch his evocation of Winston Churchill in that repetitive mantra?

“Never, ever ever ever ever give up.”

Did you catch his evocation of Richard Nixon?

Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.

Did you catch the evocation of Bill Clinto…

odd effect if you do this…

May 12th, 2017

Kind of a yin and yang…

marvelcomicsstorybookfantagraphicscomicsstory  Yes.  One’s a history of Marvel Comics, the other’s an oral history of Fantagraphics. Two different conceptions of just what is it “Comic Books”, companies in juts and starts making their way…

It’s worthwhile putting these two books next to each other, and just flipping back.  But there mostly at a couple of intersection points. How’s Jim Shooter’s going at Marvel at the time he’s testifying on behalf of Michael Fleisher?

Study the Hero’s World purchase, and the consolidation of Diamond as a comic book industry distribution monopoly.

The question that hovers over the Marvel book is — erm? — When did Marvel Comics lose it, if they ever really had it anyway?  So goes the story of Marvel — a long series of short term business decisions booming and busting before being bought by Disney.  The story of Fantagraphics:  a line of unprofitable comics they believe in subsidized by a number of sell-outs, most notably porn, and the rights to a 26 volume epic on the adventures of a boy and his dog.

congress. mature as ever.

May 8th, 2017

The message was a little muddled, in the singing of “na na na” on the House floor at the passing of the “Obamacare“…

Sometimes reported as Republicans singing “na na na” to Obama’s signature domestic achievement, it was actually Democrats making a weird reference to the Republicans singing of “na na na” in 1993 at the Democratic Congress’s passing of the Clinton tax hike.  I wish it were immediately available on youtube.

And will only make sense if the supposed history repeats itself, something no one expects to much happen, but we’ll see I guess.

It’s possible some confused Republicans heard the chant, then decided to join in for their reasons?

the European Project restored!

May 8th, 2017

So.  What lessons can be learned for American politics from the French electoral landslide of Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Penn?

A defacto redo of the whole Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump race, right, except moved to France?

And with a 39 year old man in the role of the long tenured woman…

With the establishment party evaporated…

And the Bernie Sanders character in the election had his chance, and came in … 4th?  5th?

(But how would he have done against Le Penn?  Or Trump, for that matter?)

The Center Holds!

small details

May 2nd, 2017

Hm.

Across the street, friends Josh Elms and Ryan Falck sported red scarves and carried small Soviet flags as they prepared to march in support of workers’ rights.

Yes, I know… some protesters will be more radical than others, but… Here’s to The Soviet America?
I suppose it precludes bringing out the Mao Posters.

Ironically enough, the Soviet flag might be a symbol of Russian nationalism… and we see herein

Hundreds of thousands showed up in the Russian capital to celebrate International Workers’ Day, according to state-run media. In Red Square, people waved Soviet and Russian flags, as well as banners supporting President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party. “Decent work, wages, and life” is a common theme at the gatherings.

Sure.  The Communist Party is probably useful to Putin’s managed government.
The current occupant in the White House frequently cited, though I suppose recent bombings fray the point, as “Putin’s puppet”.  The protests in part a support for the occupant in the White House?

It is a different May Day parade that happened last night than the one portrayed in the 1950s in Harvey Kurtzman’s Humbug — barricaded street, a handful of Communist troopers in an empty street marching behind sign saying “Unity”.